Societies cooperate on cross-silo search

AAPG, SPE and SEG kick-off LookUpstream, a multi-discipline technical paper search engine.

The three major upstream professional societies, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Societies of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) have combined to offer unified search across their considerable collections of technical papers. The service, LookUpstream, allows for search across all three organizations’ libraries, a total of nearly 100,000 papers.


SPE director Mark Rubin said, ‘This single search location is something that members have asked us for, and we’re pleased to be able to make it a reality.’ LookUpstream is a free search service. Users will continue to link to the individual society websites to purchase the papers identified in the search or obtain them through member or institutional subscriptions. Rick Fritz, executive director of AAPG, added ‘LookUpstream is another of the many ways our three societies are working together to provide enhanced service to the upstream industry.’ Test drive the new search engine on

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